An industry study shows tens of thousands of seafarers are stranded at sea due to the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions and lockdown measures across the globe keeping them from completing their shifts.

Figures from International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council suggest 150,000 seafarers are in need of crew change by 15 May, up from 100,000 under normal circumstances.

Of them, 40,000 crew members are from the Philippines, 25,000 from the European Union, the UK and Norway, 20,000 from India, 15,000 from Ukraine, and 10,000 each from China and Russia.